Q: What kind of church are you?
A: We are an evangelical ministry that is sponsored by Solid Rock Church of Southern California. Theologically, we are conservative. Practically and socially, we are casual in our dress, simple in our presentation, and contemporary in our musical style. We are a multi-ethnic congregation comprised of mostly 18 years and up.
Q: What makes Grace City so unique among other churches in downtown LA?
A: Grace City LA is one of many churches within the city ministering to a diverse, urban crowd. These days, it is common for people to decide on a church because of the music, the facility, the programs, the entertaining messages, and the type of people who attend on a weekly basis.
We do not say that those factors are what defines Grace City LA. Rather, we are committed to simply being faithful to the Bible's teaching and living it out in everything that we do. We are unique among LA churches in that we are fully transparent in three areas of practices:
1. Expository preaching: Preaching the Bible verse-by-verse, chapter-by-chapter, in context, in a manner that is informative, engaging, and applicable. Such preaching is hard to find in many contemporary churches these days, but it is a hallmark of Grace City LA ministry. A strong pulpit creates a healthy congregation.
2. Discipleship training: Mentoring disciples through personal mentor-student relationship that creates disciples who are mature, missional, and multiplying. Discipleship is also something that is difficult to find in some churches these days, yet this is another hallmark of Grace City LA ministry. We don't rely on Christians to grow by simply attending service or a small group, but by coming alongside and investing in them.
3. Evangelistic Outreach: Connecting with people in the city with the purpose of bringing them to saving faith in Jesus Christ. Again, evangelism opportunities are lacking in many churches today, which focus more on social justice work or doing missions overseas. We believe in the importance of equipping our people to share the gospel of Christ to our neighbors on a consistent basis.
4. Theology and Apologetics: Teaching and equipping our people with in-depth material that is found in few mainstream churches today. These include apologetics, systematic theology, hermeneutics, and other courses. Being a theologically rich culture is another one of the hallmarks of our ministry.
Q: What does the entire leadership team look like?
A: Pastor Steve is the teaching pastor at Grace City LA, and is supported by a staff of over 10 elders from Solid Rock Church. Because Grace City LA is still a new ministry, we are in the process of training lay leaders for different roles in ministry, one of which is new eldership and deaconship for Grace City LA.
Q: When do you have Sunday service?
A: We gather every Sunday for worship at 1:00 pm. It goes until about 2:15 pm.
Q: Is there accessible parking for Sunday service?
A: There is a parking lot in the back of the building.
Q: Does your church take communion and perform baptisms?
A: Yes. We partake in the Lord's Supper celebration every first week of the month and perform water baptisms once every season (check News for schedule).
Q: Do you offer Children’s Ministry and/or Youth Group?
A: Yes. Our children's ministry is part of the Education Department of Solid Rock Church. The church also has a Youth Group, which covers middle and high school age. The Youth Group service begins at 11 am and ends at 12:15 pm, followed by a 15-20 minute Sunday school shortly after.
Q: What kind of music is sung on Sundays?
A: It's a mixture between contemporary and traditional songs and hymns, using guitar, keyboard, and cajon. We are more concerned about content than on genre or style. We pick praise music that is theologically rich and gospel-centered, usually in sync with the sermon topic of the day.
Q: What kind of sermons are preached at Grace City LA?
A: It is expository and focuses on a certain book of the Bible. Every once in a while, we preach on messages that focuses on a topic or theological theme. Though every message is preached with love and tactfulness, it is also direct and honest. No messages are watered down or twisted in order to cater to a politically correct crowd. The messages are preached to accurately uncover the message in Scripture and to demonstrate how its timeless principles are to be applied today.
The messages are usually 40-45 minutes in length.
Q: What Bible version / translation do you use?
A: The teaching pastor preaches out of the New American Standard Bible (NASB), which is the most literal version that works well with expository messages. However, we also highly value and recommend English Standard Version (ESV) and New King James Version (NKJV) for both its literal accuracy and readability.
Q: If I am a student at UCLA or USC, and don't have a ride, how can I get to church?
A: We suggest the first option of trying to find other students whom you can carpool with to come to Grace City LA on Sundays. If that is difficult, then contact the office to see if we can make any special arrangements.
Q: How can I serve at Grace City?
A: Right now, we have the most need in the praise team, hospitality (meet, greet, and follow-up), media (social media, website, sermon uploads), and administrative (bulletins, event planning, etc). We highly encourage believers to serve at Grace City LA. To serve, the person must be a believer in Christ and has committed to Grace City LA as their home church.
Q: I am not part of Grace City LA, but can I show up at a Bible study or life group?
A: Yes. Anybody is welcome to attend and sit in on our weekly groups just so long as they do not come with an intend to disrupt the program. We advise that you contact the church office or group leader to confirm time and day of meeting.
Q: I want to be baptized. Do I need to be a member or regular attendee of Grace City LA?
A: We usually recommend Christians who want to be baptized to do so at a church they feel comfortable to call home and can be accountable too. However, we can consider baptizing an outside Christian. This would need to be analyzed by our leadership on a case-to-case basis.
Q: Does your church offer counseling?
A: Yes. The leaders at Grace City LA strive to serve and encourage those seeking counseling. You can Contact us for more info.
Q: How do you engage with the city of Los Angeles?
A: As a heavily evangelistic church, we are devoted to carrying out the Great Commission, and not just talking about it. On a practical level, we conduct outreach by bringing the good news of the gospel to people around the neighborhood through door-to-door and street evangelism on the weekends.
Q: I don't go to Grace City LA, but I want to participate in the evangelism/outreach. Am I allowed to join the evangelism events?
A: We don't require that people be members of Grace City LA to join us for evangelism. However, we have certain expectations that we ask participants outside of the church to meet in order to join us for these outreach events: (1) They are believers who know the gospel message and can communicate it sufficiently, (2) They are believers who are in good standing with their home church.
Q: Does the church have membership?
A: Since Grace City LA is a new and developing ministry, we do not yet have a formal membership process. But we eventually plan to institute membership in early 2018, as we are convinced that membership is important to establishing the salvation of attendees, holding them spiritually accountable, and affirming their privilege and right to serve within the various ministries of Grace City LA.